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Letter: Water our most precious resource

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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 10:08 am

No resource in Arizona is more precious or scarce than water. Economic growth in our desert environment relies upon inexpensive and easy access to available water, plain and simple.

Visionary Arizona leaders decades ago virtually guaranteed a regular supply of water across Arizona when they fought for the creation of the Central Arizona Project. CAP carries water from the Colorado River in a system of canals that crisscross the state.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to make our water more expensive and less available by taking aim at the Navajo Generating Station power plant in Page, which supplies the energy needed to move water in the CAP system. The EPA wants the owners of the plant to spend over $1 billion in an effort to improve visibility at the Grand Canyon.

While the EPA alleges that emissions from the plant spoil some of the views at the Grand Canyon, its simply not ! the case. The plant is down-wind from the Grand Canyon and the U.S. Dept of Energy issued a report that said reducing emissions would have no impact on visibility.

Faced with the prospect of closure, the owners of the plant were cornered into cutting a deal with the feds and environmental activist groups. That would also raise our water prices for no visibility improvement, and calls for shutting down the plant in 30 yrs.

We must tell the EPA to end its fight against Arizona so that we may continue to grow and prosper.

Paul Whetten


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